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Posted by: Samuel Hirshfield on November 18, 2013
The French drain was invented in the mid 1800s as a means of directing water away from building foundations and preventing premature erosion and basement flooding. The benefits of French drain design extend beyond your home and into the yard, where problem areas may become waterlogged each time it rains, rendering them unusable. Read on to learn more about how this type of drain system works and the most effective method of design.
Simply put, a French drain is a gravel-filled trench which acts as a channel for the passage of water runoff. Designed to run downhill, this drainage system relies on gravity to do all the work, directing runoff to a more desirable location.
French drain design is simple in theory, and the installation is relatively quick and easy. For more of a detailed step-by-step guide, check out our "How To Install a French Drain (Ten Steps)" blog post. Or for more information about renting a trencher for the job, or for other rental equipment needs, contact Compact Power Equipment Rental.
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